By Lee Brown
An armed standoff at a luxury resort in Hawaii has ended in the suspect’s apparent suicide, after the tense situation left guests sheltering in a hotel ballroom.
The 10-hour standoff came to an end early on Sunday when the gunman fatally shot himself after barricading himself inside a room at the Kahala Resort & Hotel in Honolulu, according to KITV reporter Tom George.
I’m in the lobby of @KahalaResort in Honolulu for the past 30min and there’s been reports of a mentally ill person w a gun.— Elizabeth (@MusingMurmurs) April 11, 2021
We are thankfully fine but feeing such sadness that we’re experiencing this fear only a month after Colorado and Georgia. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/0bq7E9n0M5
No one else was hurt in the gunfire after the suspect fired through a locked door late Saturday, Honolulu police Captain Brian Lynch told news outlets.
Photos and videos shared by local media showed about 100 people locked down in the hotel’s ballroom.
Other images from outside the resort showed a large police presence, including a SWAT team.
The gunman was a lieutenant commander in the Navy stationed on Oahu, Hawaii News Now anchor Lynn Kawano reported.
#BREAKING— pic taken inside Kahala Resort by Rex Jakobovitz. He says, “I'm inside the ballroom with 100+ people under lock down. Swat team outside. Cops with assault rifles pointing at balconies, screamed at me to run inside, so I did. Some people crying.”@HawaiiNewsNow pic.twitter.com/CAHKRvPKEZ— Allyson Blair (@AllysonBlairTV) April 11, 2021
Police said that the suspect was a member of the military and that his commander had been called to the scene, where the gunman’s family members also tried to help police convince him to surrender.
The incident initially broke out around 6pm local time on Saturday, when a hotel security guard knocked on the door and the suspect fired a shot through the closed door, according to Hawaii News Now.
Police rushed to the scene and the suspect fired multiple shots again through the door at the officers, who called out his name and asked him to give up.